USA: State legitimacy index
(measure: index points; Source: Fund for Peace)
* indicates monthly or quarterly data series
USA: State legitimacy index, 0 (high) - 10 (low): For that indicator, Fund for Peace provides data for the USA from 2007 to 2018. The average value for the USA during that period was 2.47 index points with a minumum of 1.9 index points in 2017 and a maximum of 3 index points in 2008. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
Definition: The State legitimacy indicator considers the representativeness and openness of government and its relationship with its citizenry. The indicator looks at the population’s level of confidence in state institutions and processes, and assesses the effects where that confidence is absent, manifested through mass public demonstrations, sustained civil disobedience, or the rise of armed insurgencies. The higher the value of the index, the lower the country's legitimacy.